Longreads

Uncommon Ancestry

Imagine finding out your father wasn’t the man you thought he was. Imagine finding out he was your mother’s fertility doctor.

Dear Master

A requiem for a greyhound.

The First Two Days of the Next Four Years

Scenes from the inauguration of Donald Trump and the Women’s March on Washington.

Murder on Union Hill Road

In April 2016, eight family members were slain in their homes in Ohio. Nine months later, the killer or killers are still on the loose, and the town has all but forgotten the crimes.

The David Foster Wallace Disease

It’s funny, knowing that, if I were living in one of my favourite minds, I might want to turn it off.

Holiday on the Icy Golden Hell-Staircase

Thousands of Gold Rush prospectors climbed the Chilkoot, and many lost their lives. In the grand tradition of Dark Tourism, I decided to join the 2,500 people who now hike it for fun every summer.

Send in the Swans

Fifty years later, Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball, called variously the party of the year, the decade, and the century, proves his definitive final creative act.

Peer Group

You can stare at something for a decade and still not see it for what it is. Like, say, your therapist, whose charming spiritual community might be a cult.

In The Air Again

My thirty-five-year love-hate-love relationship with Phil Collins.

Adrienne Shelly Will Take You There

The actress and filmmaker behind Waitress, who was murdered ten years ago, created as though she was on borrowed time and left a legacy that outlived her.